Salvo Day Use - Midgett Cemetery Project
In 1872, Watson Lewis Midgett, was laid to rest in his family cemetery. One hundred and forty four years later, who would have thought his descendants and those of others buried there, would be coming together to save what is left of this sacred site. The waters of the Pamlico Sound, damaging storms, and foot traffic, have eroded away much of what once was a large cemetery. Vaults are now exposed to the elements. Headstones lay in disarray. It is a tragic sight to see.
Location: Northwest corner of the present NPS Salvo Day Use Area. There is a wooden fence with a gate, surrounding three sides of the cemetery with a temporary barrier on it's western most side.
Salvo Day Use Slide Show Collections
Special "Thanks" goes out to Becky Petrie Mitchell, for allowing us to use her photos for the slide show below. They were taken in Sept. of 2007. This is a prime example, after viewing the video on our homepage, of how much erosion there has been within the past nine years.
Jacque Mills Gates, photographed the Salvo Day Use Cemetery in 2011 & 2012. We are thankful to her for allowing us to share her collection from that trip. This past week, while Hurricane Matthew tore through the island, Jacque paid us a visit again. Indeed...She has now witnessed the destruction of such storms. She and her husband Greg, were even kind enough to pitch in and help with recovery efforts. Makes our society very appreciative when people like her, cherish our island enough, to care.